The Pace of Grace

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I was reading Scotty Smith’s blog this morning on The Gospel Coalition website, and there it was again:

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:15-18

Oh, Lord, thank you. Thank you that you continue to long to be gracious to me, that you rise to show me compassion again and again. Lord, bless me with repentance and rest, quietness and trust.

Apart from you, I have no good thing. And yet all of the good things in my life vie for attention, setting themselves up on little altars and demanding attention. Jesus, you alone deserve the center point in my heart. You who are beautiful, wise, loving, creative, compassionate, you who welcomes me to be still and know. You beckon me to drink deeply of the fountain of living water.

I confess that I often forget to drink. I am thirsty, and I am looking around for something to help me–I try other things, but none of them are what I really want. I am the Samaritan woman, hoping that the living water you offer will let me simply get on with my life. But you stop me with your quiet and powerful voice, not willing that I miss the depth of what you are offering me: The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)

Teach me to stop, to wait, to drink deeply. You offer me this deep cup of eternal life right now.This eternal life is not a quantity of life; it is the quality of life that is only found in knowing you.  (John 17:3)   Let me live my eternal life today, with your eternal perspective on everything laid befoe me: the hopes, the dreams, the challenges, the sorrows. Guide me as I counsel others. Let me rest in you, relying on you for sustainance, and drinking deeply when I am wrung out. Teach me to live at the pace of grace, not running ahead, but listening to you, waiting on you.

Give me your heart give me your song
Sing it with all your might
Come to the fountain and
You can be satisfied
There is a peace, there is a love
You can get lost inside
Come to the fountain and
Let me hear you testify


Let me drink deeply, and let it overflow to others as I point them to you. Just like the Samaritan woman: having met you, she shared with everyone. “He told me everything I ever did!” Lord, let me be amazed by your conviction, in awe of the presence of you Holy Spirit. Fill me to overflowing, and refresh those around me.

I have nothing to offer, but in you, I have all I need and enough for those you place in my path. There is deep and lasting productivity at the pace of grace–free from frenetic activity, free from plate-spinning. It starts with resting in you, and drinking deeply from the fountain of your love and grace toward me. It beckons me to rest in the shade of the Cross, finding my full identity in you. Let me carry that with me into the day, my heart at rest in you.

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